Thursday, 26 April 2012

Mourinho Planning to Stay Put

Jose Mourinho insists his future lies at Real Madrid, despite media reports that have linked the Portuguese manager to a return to England.

The former Chelsea boss was rumoured to be mulling over a return to Chelsea or Manchester City, should the latter fail to win the Premier League, this season.

Mourinho’s Real are seven points clear in La Liga, leaving the Portuguese on the brink of a league title in a fourth different country.

"At the moment, my future is not important, but I think I will be here next season", Mourinho said. "I have a contract with the club, and no reason to leave. It is better to stay at a club for four or five years."

Mourinho joined Real Madrid from Inter Milan in May 2010 on a four-year deal, but he has publicly spoken of his desire to return to England one day. It now looks as if the English public will have to wait for a second glimpse of ‘the Special One’.

As well as chasing a fourth title in a different country, Mourinho is closing in on a third Champions League success. The 49-year-old lifted the trophy with Porto in 2004 and Inter in 2010.

Standing in Mourinho and Real’s way are Bayern Munich, who take a 2-1 lead into the semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu.

Real go into the clash on Wednesday buoyed by a crucial 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp, last weekend, and as favourites to book their place in the Munich showpiece. Make the fixture even more enticing with some Champions League promotions.

Following Chelsea’s stunning aggregate victory over the Catalan giants, on Tuesday night, Mourinho could face his former employers in a mouth-watering final, on May 19. The match is likely to be a highlight of the season for fans gambling on football.

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